corrosive

adjective
cor·​ro·​sive | \kə-ˈrō-siv, -ziv\

Definition of corrosive 

1 : tending or having the power to corrode corrosive acids corrosive action the corrosive effects of alcoholism

2 : bitingly sarcastic corrosive satire

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Other Words from corrosive

corrosive noun
corrosively adverb
corrosiveness noun

Examples of corrosive in a Sentence

She argues that racism is dangerous and corrosive to society. a corrosive satire on the fashion industry and its movers and shakers

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Unlike the ocean - with its corrosive salt water - the Great Lakes have a reputation of entombing their wrecks in almost pristine condition. CBS News, "Divers race to find Great Lakes shipwrecks threatened by invasive species," 10 July 2018 The project aims to discover how ocean acidity levels change seasonally, and where there are hot spots or refuges from corrosive waters. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "For Alaska sockeye salmon, record highs in Bristol Bay, record lows nearly everywhere else," 9 July 2018 Lead in water typically comes from corrosive water extracting the lead from old pipes. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego fighting alone for $400,000 to cover water testing for lead at schools," 11 May 2018 This system is corrosive to music, period — classical, jazz, hip-hop, everything. Jon Pareles And Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Kendrick Lamar Shakes Up the Pulitzer Game: Let’s Discuss," 17 Apr. 2018 This is expected to decrease the frequent water main breaks resulting from naturally-occurring corrosive chemicals in the surrounding soils. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Community news: Lincoln-Way Marching Band set for Mokena July 4 parade," 28 June 2018 Perhaps both sides can agree that the gerrymandering process is corrosive for all. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "If Faith in Democracy Ebbs, Danger Rises," 2 July 2018 To extend the life of building materials, the cleaning crew traded corrosive chemical cleansers for natural ones, which has also lead to better indoor air quality. National Geographic, "From Historic to Cutting Edge: Revitalizing Iconic Buildings," 25 May 2018 Sulfuric acid is a common chemical used in many processes and is corrosive, according to Fermilab’s statement. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "No injuries reported after acid leak at Fermilab in Batavia," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of corrosive

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for corrosive

Middle English corrosif, borrowed from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin corrōsīvus, from Latin corrōsus, past participle of corrōdere "to gnaw, corrode" + -īvus -ive

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corrosive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of corrosive

: causing damage to metal or other materials through a chemical process

: causing someone or something to become weak and damaged

corrosive

adjective
cor·​ro·​sive | \kə-ˈrō-siv, -ziv\

Kids Definition of corrosive

: tending or able to destroy, weaken, or wear away little by little corrosive substances

corrosive

adjective
cor·​ro·​sive | \-ˈrō-siv, -ziv \

Medical Definition of corrosive 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: tending or having the power to corrode corrosive acids a corrosive gas

Other Words from corrosive

corrosiveness noun

corrosive

noun

Medical Definition of corrosive (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance that corrodes : caustic

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